Venus and Mercury

By: Amir H. Abolfath


Region: Middle East

Site: Dasht-e Kavir - Iran

Date: February 2007

In this evening view of the western horizon Mercury, closest planet to the sun, meets with Venus, the brightest planet in the Earth's sky. The two planets along with background stars are captured as trails in this long exposure image because of the Earth rotation. When Mercury reaches its maximum elongation (apparent distance) from the sun, its unusually easy to find it in a clear horizon and when Venus is visible in the same horizon they make a charming couple. Amir Abolfath -

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